oracne - Victoria Janssen (oracne) wrote,
oracne - Victoria Janssen

Jane Yolen's Take Joy on plot

"It is the writer's privilege, really, to order events, to focus on one strand of an existence while ignoring all others. We cannot do this in reality--but we can on the pages of a book," (p. 134).

"A good plot does not just look forward. It forces us backwards and sideward as well. It makes us look inward instead of outward. Think of plot as a kind of time-travel device. While it goes ahead, it changes what it has passed through; it rearranges where it has been...The plot needs to shadow and foreshadow and back-shadow as well," (pp 140-141).

"I think really the best thing to be said about plot is: Always something going on," (p. 143).
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